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Quantock Hills Walk – October 2016

Sunday 2nd October 2016

Barely two-months from the end of the year and I was keen to get another walk submitted to Brunel, so that I could reach another personal goal of having led five walks in 2016. A feat I had not achieved since 2014.

There were many locations I could’ve chosen and a few ‘difficult’ pre-walks along the way… Once again, I found myself returning to the familiar Quantock Hills.

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Circuit of Bath 2016 (Part 2)

Sunday 25th September 2016

With the canal tow-path portion of the Circuit of Bath walk ending at the visitor centre, I could continued my walking towards Limpley Stoke.

Still, with thoughts of an imminent lunch-stop in mind… If only, I could find the perfect place.

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Circuit of Bath Walk 2016 (Part 1)

Sunday 25th September 2016

This would be my third attempt at the Circuit of Bath walk since 2014, as I opted to participate in a different event on the same day last year.

It’s an annual event organised and in support of the charity Julian House. For my third year, I would again be looking to tackle the full twenty-miles of the circuit that surrounds the city.

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Exmoor Walk – YouTube Video

Some of you may have already seen this but, for those who have not; I did also create a video of the Exmoor walk I have just previously written about.

I tried to do something a little different here, by including short snippets of narration. Also, I felt as though it might be convenient to use several shorter audio tracks, where I would previously struggle to find one track of the perfect length for the entire video… I have a lot of respect for video editors who work the other way in editing their footage to suit the music they’ve selected!

All constructive feedback on these elements and the video overall are always going to be appreciated so that I can learn and apply changes and different ideas to future videos.

I hope you do enjoy this one and subscribe if you haven’t already done so. I’ve taken an unplanned break from video editing recently and that’s partly to do with the frustration of doing everything on a £300 laptop that is now six-years old… I think I’d be better off with a desktop PC in the long run (my laptop is always desk-bound, anyway).

Thanks for reading and for watching.

Part 2: Dunkery Beacon to Horner – Exmoor

Sunday 28th August 2016

From Dunkery Beacon, you gain some of the best panoramic views in all of the Westcountry. It’s quite natural, considering it is Somerset’s highest point.

I’m not familiar with Dartmoor but a nearby topograph suggests that you can see all the way south to Yes Tor. Better still, you cannot see the eyesore of Hinkley Point or its hugely controversial ‘C’ addendum.

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Part 1: Horner to Dunkery Beacon – Exmoor

Sunday 28th August 2016

I’m finally able to sit down and write up my final walk from the month of August.

It was also my first walk on Exmoor (excluding the coast path) for more than a year.

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Wellow Wander – July 2016

Saturday 9th July 2016

This was the weekend prior to my Cornwall trip. With little motivation to get up early on the Saturday, I still felt as though I should attempt something in preparation for the undulations of coastal walking to follow in seven-days’ time.

Almost a year since my first visit to Wellow, I decided I would head out there again. Mileage would not reach double-figures but, in the space of an afternoon, I’d get some exercise and might also be able to create another walk for the Bristol-based Ramblers group.

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Saturday’s Group Walk

Saturday 18th June 2016

So, I’ve now led three walks so far this year, with the most recent one having been in the southern half of the Quantock Hills, four-days ago.

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On Cothelstone Hill.

I’d like to point out that any photos featuring other people are not my own – they were taken by Jo, who happened to take them during the walk and uploaded them to the group’s Facebook page… From which, I stole them!

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